Monday, February 27, 2012

Winner - Notebooks & Magazines!

You may remember that today I am supposed to announce the WINNER of EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton. I read this right after the LTUE conference and I am SO in LOVE with it! Ashton did a wonderful job! So - in honor of reaching 200 followers, I did a giveaway. Are you wondering who the winner is? I won't keep you waiting. Congratulations to
Ruth Josse!
I will be in touch with you soon!

Now... how many of you own a bunch of these? Big ones, small ones, thick ones, thin ones? Maybe yours are one color, maybe they have pictures, or maybe a fabulous design. I have several and I love them. The most precious of them sits next to my bed because it has all the notes for my current WIP. 

Notebooks are great to have for brainstorming. And I mention them today because I had a brilliant idea for a post today! It was wonderful. I went through the whole thing in my head. But guess what? ... Yeah - you guessed. I didn't write it down. So, for the life of me... I can't remember what I wanted to post about! Grrrr! I am officially reminded about the importance of notebooks for writers.

Do you like that quote? I did when I read it. That's why I wanted to share it with you. And where did I read it, you may ask? In the March/April 2012 issue of Writers Digest. I couldn't find the link to the exact article. It may not be out yet, but it's phenomenal. I will share some of the tips soon - when I'm able to link back to it. The article is: 5 Story Mistakes Even Good Writers Make by Steven James. 


When I first came out of the closet as a writer I learned that I should check into some writing magazines. Writers Digest is a great magazine with wonderful articles and it's not too expensive. I'm so glad I took the plunge and signed up for it. I love reading the articles. If you are looking for a helpful, yet affordable magazine, I'd highly recommend it. (I'd highly recommend it anyway!)

So... do you carry notebooks with you wherever you go? Are you addicted to them? How about magazines? Do you have any favorites? Do you find them helpful?

36 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

I have a bunch of notebooks, I buy them because they have pretty covers and I rarely write in them because I don't want to damage them - weird, right?

I never carry a notebook with me when I'm out, which is why I have plot idea scribbled on the back of receipts, and stored in the notes section of my phone!

Cristina said...

Oh notebooks are my new best friend. I usually write on it before sitting in front of the computer to work on my WIP.. I write about what will happen in the scene I want to work on. It gets my brain on writerly mode without the pressure of a blank scene.

Miranda Hardy said...

Oh, yes. I couldn't go anywhere without my composition books. They contain my brainstorming and research.

inluvwithwords said...

Oh yes, I'm addicted to notebooks. My problem is having too many. Sometimes when I go looking for something I started, I have to flip through many notebooks before I find it.

And I love writing magazines. I subscribe to Writer's Digest and Poets & Writers. It's such a treat when they arrive in my mailbox. Then I keep them in the car so I'm never caught at an appointment without something good to read.

Joanna said...

Oh, yes! I too have a bunch of notebooks in different rooms! Though I confess I often forget to take one with me when going out. I had an amazing picture book idea recently in the mountain and had to write it down the side of the map!

Tobi Summers said...

Until last year, I used to write my stories longhand in notebooks. I carried around five-subject notebooks everyone (one subject for plot points/snippets, one for characters, two for the actual story, and one subject because, whenever you have a notebook, someone inevitably asks you for a piece of paper). Recently I've realized I think too fast for my handwriting to keep up with, so I switched to typing out my stories, but I still carry around the notebooks with my character and plot notes. I have a whole drawer full. I love them.

L.G.Smith said...

I love to sketch out a scene in a notebook first before I write it on the computer. It just seems to get the creativity flowing better for some reason. So, yep, I always have a notebook with me. Or a napkin, or the back of a receipt. Anything will do when an idea hits!

Morgan said...

"When I first came out of the closet as a writer" <---Bahahaha!!!! Too funny, Leigh.

Yumm... I'm a lover of all things office supplies... paper, pens, staplers, stamps, etc...

And congrats to the winner! :D

Laura Marcella said...

I love notebooks AND Writer's Digest magazine!! WD is the best!

One of my favorite times of the year is the back to school sales so I can stock up on new notebooks for the year!

Angela Cothran said...

I always buy fancy notebooks, they make me want to write. And I tend to write my first drafts out longhand, so I need lots :)

Oh and I'm super jealous of Ruth!

Cassie Mae said...

Oh, I um... don't own a notebook. My lazy butt is glued to the computer so often, I don't need one, lol

Samantha said...

Love the quote! And yes, I am a notebookaholic.

*sigh*

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love that quote. It's SO true!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I don't really read magazines, but I do carry notebooks around. I keep a small one in my purse at all times, I have one by my bed and I have a larger notebook I take with me when I have to wait somewhere for something. I write some of my best scenes in that one. :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

You saying that you had to come out of the closet as a writer makes me think how miserable it has been for me to come out twice in my life. It's funny though lol. *sigh

I think the quote is quite beautiful.

Emily R. King said...

I have a notebook in my purse that comes with me everywhere. I can't leave the house without it!

Congrats to Ruth!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I love notebooks. I love when school is starting up again and you can get them super cheap. :)

Cortney Pearson said...

Yes, I'm a notebook freak! I usually handwrite ideas first before typing them out!! And I LOVE Writers Digest, soooo helpful!!

Jessie Humphries said...

I've gotten out of the habit. I used to always have a notebook on me. I think I should pick one up today!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't carry them around but I do prefer to write my stories by hand first before going to the computer. Not that I'm fast either way.

Coleen Patrick said...

Yes! Just came back from Panera with a stack of three different notebooks that I'd been referencing! And I love buying them. I get a geeky thrill if I am picking out ones with cool covers :)

prerna pickett said...

go Ruth!

Kelley Vitollo said...

I love notebooks! I don't carry them everywhere I go, like I should but they are what I use for plotting and brainstorming. Works better than typing for me. Not sure why.

Ruth Josse said...

Yay!! Thanks, Leigh!

I'm like Jessie, in that I got out of the habit of writing in a notebook. But I've recently picked it back up and it has been the best thing. I don't know why, but I feel way more creative writing things down with a pen. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Oh my goodness. I love notebooks. Unfortunately, most of my ideas are scribbled down on receipts, napkins, phone bills, etc. ;)

elizabeth seckman said...

I have notebooks all over the place. My iPod has a notepad...which is great...I can even jot things down, then email them to myself. That way a wait in the dentist's office is a blog post!

Tara Tyler said...

congrats to ruth =) & you!

yes, <3 notebooks! and wd. the put up loads of info, challenges and advice. i follow their blogs, even met chuck sambuchino at a query workshop =)

Trisha said...

I think that quote is great, and definitely true - it doesn't matter what pretty words a writer used if their characters are boring or their story has no gripping plot!

Alleged Author said...

Many congratulations to the winners!!!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I bought cute little notebooks for my purse, and ended up putting several sheets of plain old typing paper in with them. I couldn't write on the small pages! It's nice to know I'm not the only one with a paper fetish!

Hope Roberson said...

My mother-in-law gave me a subscription to Writer's Digest for my birthday when wrote my first ms. I had it for two years and they stopped renewing it :( Maybe I should casually mention this as being such a wonderful gift :) I still have all the issues and there are many articles/pages flagged within them.

Sarah Pearson said...

After getting fed up with trying to write things on bus tickets and receipts, (and once, my arm!) I've finally got into the habit of carrying a notebook everywhere :-)

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I've been using the note function on the iPhone to tap out a note or two. Notebooks are every where too. I find magazine helpful, but felt guilty for not reading them from cover to cover. I need to test drive the digital versions for Kindle or iPad.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Yes, I definitely have notebooks EVERYWHERE! And I love that quote - so true! If you're really caught up in a story, that means the writer has written well! I don't actually read Writer's Digest - I probably should - but I like the Children's Writer Newsletter from the Institute of Children's Literature and the monthly newsletters from Children's Book Insider.

Claudine G. said...

Oh yes, I always carry a notebook with me. I used to go for fancier stationery but really have to cut down on the expenses. Cheap notebooks for freewriting and for each WIP.

As for magazines, I started out with Wrtiers' Digest, too. It encouraged me that being a writer isn't too un-achievable as I thought. Nowadays, I read the Institute of Children's Literature e-newsletter and blogs on kidlit/reading. :)

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